By Kyra Smith-Cullen
October 11, 2012
“Damsels in Distress” is a confusing two hours of screen time. The movie suffered from bad dialogue, little character development, and a boring plot.
The plot is almost too convulated to explain, but in summation, the story follows Violet and her three friends as they try to save their college campus from depression while simultaneously dealing with their own life problems.
While watching the movie, it was very difficult to understand the characters, who do not develop until the final 10 minutes of the film. Before that, there are only glimpses of a character moving forward only to get stuck and backpedal. It made me cringe. The actors don’t help either, as there is not one who stood out among the ocean of drab characters. Most of the lines were delivered sounding like a question and there was very little variety in tone. Everybody speaks in a slightly hushed voice that sounds robotic. Not even Adam Brody, who has some experience on the big screen, added a degree of professional quality.
The film has a very amateur quality to many scenes, from the way the dialogue was written to the way the camera moved. Any scenes that involve following characters as they walk are accompanied by the camera moving up and down in the rhythm of footsteps. In addition, there is very little that is visually interesting enough to draw the audience in and hold their attention until the end of the movie. Everything simply blends together to make the film difficult to sit through.
So, in short, a lot of elements in “Damsels in Distress” make it a poor choice to watch unless you want to waste the money to rent or buy due to its lackluster plot and characters.